ROBERT READ stormed into the semi-finals of the National CIU Snooker Championship after producing some of the best snooker of his career up in the North-East.
The Lindley WMC man and 10 times Huddersfield Open champion, completely destroyed his opponent Richie Beckham in three straight frames, the Stockton-on-Tees player scoring just a solitary red in the third frame crushing.
“I was pretty wound up from the start when I was told that under club rules, women were not allowed in the snooker room, and so my wife Dale had to go and sit in the lounge while I was playing,” said Read.
It certainly seemed to spur Read on, as he took the opening frame with an 84 break after breaking down on the third last red, leaving Beckham to concede the frame.
“Beckham won the toss and broke off leaving me on the baulk cushion with one red coming out of the pack. I potted that and got position on the brown and went on to make the frame-winning break,” said Read.
In the second frame, the Lindley player kept his opponent scoreless before knocking in a 71 clearance for 108-0 win, and then wrapped the match up with a 76 break to win the third frame 92-1.
“I gained a few points from snookering him behind the green in the last frame, and then finished it off with the 76 break.
“I must admit I was flying, and I think I played some of my best-ever snooker.
“It was all over inside 45 minutes, and I was pretty pleased, especially against the man who put out the three-times champion in the previous round.”
Read will now face the winner of the Peter Lines, David Portman clash in the best-of-seven-frame semi-final, to be staged at a neutral venue.
Lines, from Leeds, is currently ranked around 60th in the world, while Sheffield-based Portman is also listed on the world rankings.
On the county front, Read has been drawn against Jonathan Bagley in the quarter-finals of the Yorkshire Championship, while at home, the reigning Huddersfield Open champion will face his Lindley WMC clubmate Lucs Landa in the semis, while Simon Stockwell and Chris Dyson meet in the other – guaranteeing a new name in this year’s final.
Huddersfield’s snooker team notched a 4-2 victory in the Yorkshire League, when they met Selby at Crosland Moor Conservative Club.
Bob Stead was first up for Huddersfield and put his side on track with a 2-0 win over P Jackson, and although Alex Hirst was beaten in both his frames, Colin Hawkins sealed a fine win and four valuable points, when he routed S Winter, conceding just 16 points in two frames.
Huddersfield 4 Selby 2: Bob Stead bt P Jackson 45-15, 64-28; Alex Hirst lost to S Wadsworth 38-74, 47-79; Colin Hawkins bt S Winter 71-10, 64-6.
Huddersfield now head to Cudworth on Saturday (7.30) and the team is Jason McMahon, Stead and Hawkins, with Trevor Roper as reserve.